The Association of Professional Translators was founded on January 23, 1998 by a number of translators, 17 people altogether, active at that time in this area. On March 11, 1998 the Ministry of Justice issued the registration certificate of the Association of Professional Translators of Moldova. It is remarkable to mention that many of those who were at the beginnings continue, also at present, to be active members of the Association and I want to give their names: Elena Ciobanu, Natalia Alhazov, Iulia Timotin, Svetlana Chiriţa, Tatiana Durimanov, Lidia Cazacu, Tamara Burcă and the one speaking in front of you today. The incentives for the creation of the Association were simple and here I will read the statement made by our colleague Tamara Burca in this connection. I quote: "We felt the need to be together, to help each other and to promote ourselves on the translation market. Besides, it is always important to talk to colleagues, to share with them certain difficult moments."